IMPLEMENTATION OF ROMA RIGHT TO HOUSING

Roma more often live in the state or municipality owned housing. The smaller part of the Roma have their own housing in the private property rights, Roma find it difficult to rent housing from private persons due to discrimination and negative societal attitudes towards them. Public attitudes survey of 2009-2013 results show that about two-thirds of Lithuania’s population would not want to rent housing to Roma.

Although Roma households tend to be larger (one Roma household can accommodate 4.8 persons on average), the average Roma residential area is less than the national average housing area. A similar number of Roma households lives in small and large blocks (28%).

Problems faced by Roma in households


Improvement of Roma housing conditions, Roma empowerment to purchase and look after housing in a long run may help to ensure the Roma right to housing and to address related issues.